Oscar Zia

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Oscar Zia
Born (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 22)
Svedala, Sweden
GenresPop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present
LabelsParlophone Music Sweden
Websitewww.oscar-zia.com

Oscar Zia (born 10 October 1996) is a Swedish singer and songwriter, who has participated in several television competition shows. He was born in Svedala.

Career[edit]

X Factor (2012)[edit]

Zia first appeared in the 2012 Swedish X Factor in the show's inaugural season auditioning with "Without You" by David Guetta. He ended in the Final 12 in the "Boys under 25" category coached by the judge assigned for the category Ison Glasgow. He finished 8th overall between 12 final contestants. His performances included:

Melodifestivalen 2013[edit]

In 2013, Zia was in the backing vocals alongside Loulou Lamotte in the Behrang Miri song "Jalla Dansa Sawa" performed in Melodifestivalen 2013, the Swedish selection process for Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[1][2] Although the song failed to make it to the finals after a duel elimination round won by Anton Ewald and his song "Begging", the song gained great popularity with the Swedish public and the single was released immediately after the competition reaching number 4 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart.

Let's Dance 2013[edit]

Oscar Zia was one of the contestants in Let's Dance 2013, the eighth season of the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars, broadcast on the Swedish television channel TV4. He finished as the runner-up behind the winner Markoolio.

Melodifestivalen 2014[edit]

In 2014, he took part in Melodifestivalen 2014 in a bid to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, this time as a solo singer with the song "Yes We Can". It reached the Final 10 held on 8 March 2014, and he finished 8th overall in the Final 10. He was chosen as a member of the Swedish jury for that year's Eurovision Song Contest 2014. After this, he released his debut studio album I Don't Know How to Dance on the 26 March on the Warner Music Group label. The album peaked at number 3 on the Swedish album charts, Sverigetopplistan.

Melodifestivalen 2016[edit]

In 2016, Zia again participated in Melodifestivalen 2016 with the song "Human", which was co-written with Victor Thell and Maria Smith. He took part in the third semi-final on 20 February 2016, and again progressed to the final held on 12 March 2016 in a bid to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. In the final, he won the jury vote by 1 point over Frans, placed third with the Swedish public, and was the overall runner-up.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2016, Zia came out as gay.[4] Zia is of Italian descent. He has 5 siblings named Anna, Dante, Isac, Leonardo and Isabella.

Discography[edit]

Oscar Zia

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
SWE
[5]
I Don't Know How to Dance 3

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[5]
"#FAIL" 2013 I Don't Know How to Dance
"Yes We Can" 2014 19
"Ballare Con Me"
"Human" 2016 7[6]
  • GLF: Platinum
TBA
"I Want You"
"Det Går Aldrig" 2018
"Kyss mig i slo-mo"
(featuring Leslie Tay)
[A]
"Betong" [B]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ "Kyss mig i slo-mo" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number seven on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[7]
  2. ^ "Betong" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 13 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[8]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[5]
"Jalla Dansa Sawa"
(Behrang Miri featuring Oscar Zia and Loulou Lamotte)[9]
2013 4 Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aftonbladet: Behrang Miri får hjälp i Melodifestivalen – av Oscar Zia och Loulou Lamotte (in Swedish)
  2. ^ Svt.se: Därför väljer Behrang Miri att blixtinkalla Loulou lamotte och Oscar Zia (in Swedish)
  3. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (12 March 2016). "Frans wins Melodifestivalen in Sweden". EBU.
  4. ^ Gallagher, Robyn (5 Feb 2016). "Sweden: Oscar Zia comes out, MelFest song to tell his story". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs.
  5. ^ a b c SwedishCharts.com Oscar Zia discography
  6. ^ "Veckolista Svenskt Topp-20 - Vecka 11, 18 mars 2016". sverigetopplistan.se. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 15, 13 april 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 39, 28 september 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  9. ^ SwedishCharts.com Behrang Miri discography